SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA, JULY-AUGUST 2010
Saturday, July 24. People simply need to take a morning ﬂight to Tucson on this day
and try to arrive Tucson by 2:30 P.M. We will meet at the Tucson airport at about this
time and do some late afternoon birding in the Tucson area. Some people who have
not birded Arizona before may want to arrive a day early and spend a day at the Desert
Museum outside of Tucson. Night at Tucson.
Sunday, July 25. We will spend the early morning near Tucson looking for Black-tailed
Gnatcatcher, Gilded Flicker, Abertʼs Towhee, Harrisʼs Hawk and a plethora of other
birds. If any rarity is around we will look for it on this day. We will then head for Green
Valley and spend time looking at feeders at a friendʼs house and then checking out the
feeders at Madera Canyon. We will, of course, be looking for the Elegant Trogon. If
any owls are available we will try for them tonight. First of two nights at Green Valley.
Monday, July 26. This will be our California Gulch day. We will leave early in the
morning to look for the Five-striped Sparrow. As we look for it there will be many other
quality birds to look for including Montezuma Quail, Varied Bunting, and Northern
Beardless Tyrannulet. We will drive back to Nogales for an afternoon meal and then
head back to the Gulch. We will stay until dusk to look for the Buff-collared Nightjar.
It is one of the most difﬁcult birds but we will certainly try our best to see it and to hear it.
We should see lots of birds on this day. Night back at Green Valley.
Tuesday, July 27. We will begin the day birding at Madera Canyon. Often something
really special is around like Rufous-capped Warbler or Black-capped Gnatcatcher.
We will also be looking for the elusive Black-chinned Sparrow. We will then work our
way through Box Canyon and on to Patagonia. We will stop at the famous Roadside
Rest for Rose-throated Becard and Gray Hawk. There should be a Zone-tailed Hawk
nearby. We will then spend late afternoon watching the famous hummingbird feeders
at the Patonsʼ residence. Night at the famous Stage Stop Motel in Patagonia.
Wednesday, July 28. We will work our way to Fort Huachuca. On this day we will try
to hire a guide in order to provide the best chance to see Spotted Owl and other
difﬁcult to ﬁnd target birds. If we are able to hire a guide, there will be an extra per
person charge of approximately $20 but it will be well worth it. Afterwards we will head
to Beattyʼs Cabins for some of the best hummingbird viewing on the planet. Beattyʼs is
known as the Hummingbird Capital of North America. I have already booked the
maximum number of cabins there for 2010 and we can have a total of ten people stay at
those cabins, depending upon the room conﬁgurations and couples. Those not staying
at Beattyʼs will stay down at the bottom of Miller Canyon at the Quality Inn. The order in
which people make deposits will determine the choices of staying at Beattyʼs. But
whether you stay at Beattyʼs or at the Quality Inn you will have lots of time at Beattyʼs
viewing hummingbirds and other extraordinary birds at their feeders. First of three
nights at Beattyʼs or at the Quality Inn at Sierra Vista. By the way, there is a very highly
rated sushi restaurant adjacent to the Quality Inn, and it was a big hit with last
Thursday, July 29. We will start the day by watching all the feeders and poking around
the grounds of Beattyʼs. Then we will take a hike up from Beattyʼs looking for specialty
birds like Red-faced and Graceʼs Warblers and Painted Redstart. The last time I
was there a Flame-colored Tanager was around but donʼt check that one off yet. Night
again at Beattyʼs or at Quality Inn.
Friday, July 30. This morning we will bird the lowlands. Our targets will be Lucyʼs
Warbler and Botteriʼs Sparrow. We should have a ﬁne selection of other birds. Night
again at Beattyʼs or Quality Inn.
Saturday, July 31. We will work our way to the Chiricahuas. Many consider this set
of mountains the most beautiful ones in Arizona. We have a lot of new birds to be
looking for. This is the only place in Arizona where the Mexican Chickadee can be
found and it is the easiest place to see the Elegant Trogon. We will spend the early
evening looking for owls. First of two nights at Portal.
Sunday, August 1. Right after breakfast we will take the beautiful drive up to Barfoot
Peak and Rustler Park. Targets will be Olive Warbler, Yellow-eyed Junco, Hepatic
and Western Tanagers, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Prairie Falcon, Black-chinned
Sparrow, and Montezuma Quail, among others. In the evening we will have another
attempt at owls. Night again at Portal.
Monday, August 2. After morning birding in the Chiricahuas, we will work our way back
toward Sierra Vista. We will go through Douglas and go birding at the famous Slaughter
Ranch. The rare Blue Mockingbird stayed there for many months once and usually
there are Crissal Thrashers around. Night at Sierra Vista Quality Inn.
Tuesday, August 3. We will work our way slowly to Tucson, concentrating on any birds
that we may have missed or ones we want to see again. Night at Tucson.
Wednesday, August 4. The trip will end this morning at the Tucson airport. Any ﬂight
home is ok.
Summer in Arizona is really a wonderful experience. It is actually quite comfortable in
the mountains and we do our lowland birding early in the morning to escape the heat.
The hummingbird experience is extraordinary. I look forward to being there again in the
monsoon season, when daily rains bring relief from the desert heat. I promise you an
Cost considerations: $500 tour leader fee. There is a 10% discount for anyone who
has taken a trip with me in 2009 or an earlier trip in 2010. There is no tipping to me.
Motel costs, meal costs, and rental car costs are extra but none of those should be
expensive. People may make their own reservations to and from Tucson. Otherwise
you should get in touch with my travel agent and good friend Sharon Sindledecker. Her
phone number is 978-957-4139 or e-mail her at email@example.com and she will
help you. Ten people can stay at Beattyʼs and the ﬁrst ten to sign up will have the
option of staying there. We can have at most six other people , if there is demand, to
stay at a ﬁne motel nearby.
To make a reservation, please send a $175 dollar per person deposit payable to William
Drummond. All deposits are fully refundable in canceled prior to January 1, 2010 or
fully refundable if your place is ﬁlled on or after January 1, 2010
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